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8 Punjab Policemen sentenced

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Published on April 03, 2015 with No Comments

CBI court at Patiala sentenced eight policemen, including a retired Superintendent of Police, to life term in two fake encounter cases of 1992. The CBI used the post-mortem report and injury marks on the bodies of the victims, shown dead during the fake encounters, to nail the accused.
The probe agency had filed two charge-sheets in the case against 24 accused, of whom 16 were let off.
The court of CBI special judge Kuldip Singh sentenced SP Ram Singh (retd) from Kapurthala, Inspector Ajit Singh (retd), Inspectors Ajaib Singh, Amrik Singh and sub-inspector Harbhajan Singh to life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 8,500 each.
In the second case registered by the CBI, the court sentenced assistant inspector Sukhwant Singh, and constables Rajinder Kumar and Nand Singh to life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 6,500 each. “Both cases are interlinked since the accused ensured there were no witnesses to the crime. But the post-mortem reports and other evidence helped the CBI nail their lie,” said HPS Verma, senior counsel for the victims’ family.
In 1997, the CBI booked the accused under Sections 364 (kidnapping for ransom), 342 (wrongful confinement), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, following a petition in court by the parents of Rajwinder Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Baljeet Singh — all of whom were policemen and undergoing training at Ladha Kothi, Sangrur.
The accused had connived to carry out fake encounters, including that of Baljeet Singh, while another police team declared Rajwinder Singh and Mukhtiar Singh as absconders who are still untraceable.
The CBI chargesheet claims the police had picked up Delhi-based Vijaypal and his associate from Delhi in connection with a bomb blast that took place in Kapurthala. During interrogation, the two claimed the involvement of the three trainees in the blast. Another police team, meanwhile, rounded up the three trainees.


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